Filming: Day 1 (July 17) (notes by SLJ)
What a day! It was hot and steamy, but beautiful Forest Theatre stayed fairly cool. The scenes went off beautifully—and hilariously! Three versions of the Ballio canticum were performed, by Groups A (all-male, in Latin), B (Angela as Ballia; commedia masks), and D (percussion), as well as all three versions of the Mercator scene. That’s six scenes in our first day—we actually finished a little early.
The pimp’s purple tunic (completely incorrect, but so great that we didn’t care) got quite a workout, and then went home with Sharon for a thorough washing.
These photos are courtesy of Amy Cohen. Thanks, Amy!
Pseudolus D—we got the beat!
Pseudolus Group B was all percussion and hip-hop. They hopped all over the stage, right on time (at 8am!).
Ballio and his male slaves.
Ballio threatens his slaves, who are keeping time: Mike L., Jim, Patrick, Sophie, Dan.
Poor Ballio—he has to work soooo hard!
Look at Patrick tugging his crew behind him.
Ballio lectures his “girls.”
Sophie, Dan, Patrick, Mike L., Chris B. (unless that’s Chris B. and Mike L.).
Patrick and Sophie.
Calidorus & Pseudolus eavesdrop.
Steve and Nancy.
All-male (except for some borrowed “girls”), all Latin. Mike Katchmer didn’t miss a beat or a word in his performance as the evil Ballio. Be sure to check their Reflections on Filming.
Ballio berates his (male) slaves.
Mark, Mike K., Daniel.
Ballio threatens the girls.
Jeanne, Mike K., Sophie.
Ballio threatens some more girls.
Erin, Mike K., Amy. (I think Erin’s gorgeous gold getup came from Jeanne.)
Ballio lectures Hedytium, girlfriend of the grain merchants.
Mike K., Erin.
Pseudolus B: hop, hop, hop
The Pseudolus B group had a female pimp, Ballia (Angela), who hopped, somersaulted, rolled, and bounced all over. Luckily, she had a lot of padding to protect her. They used mostly commedia dell’arte masks, and changed costumes between playing male slaves and meretrices.
Ballia threatens the household slaves.
Mike L., Angela, Erin, Amy.
Ballia threatens the “girls.”
Laura (with two masks); Mike L., Erin, Angela, Amy.
The Mercator group was fast and efficient—chop, chop, chop (though none of their kitchen utensils was actually a cutting implement, let alone a knife). They put on three different versions, all in modern dress, without masks (but with two of Chris W.’s beautiful dresses!): one in Latin, and two in English (an angry Dorippa and a weepy Dorippa). They used the same blocking in all three versions, to create a tight model for pedagogical use. Chris Woodworth is not a Latinist, but her Latin sounded absolutely alive and fabulous! She is a model for us all….
Don’t miss their Reflections on Filming.
Once again, many thanks to Amy for the great photos!
Versions I and 2—they look the same
Lysiteles tries to explain; Dorippa won’t have any of it.
Chris W., Chris B.
The cooks are confused….
Steve, Dan. Note that Dan is carrying Sharon’s two-headed wooden spoon, soon to be world-famous.
Uh-oh: the cooks are making things worse for poor old Lysiteles.
Steve, Dan, Chris B., Chris W.
Version 3: Sad, Weeping Dorippa
In this version, the Mercator group experimented with the effect on the scene of an extravagantly unhappy Dorippa. Note that Chris put on a different fabulous dress, plus a light yellow sweater that matched the flowers on her box of tissues.
Chris W. and Chris B.